Applying to the Police Now Graduate Scheme was something that I didn’t expect to do, hence why I applied a day before the deadline but something happened with a friend of mine that inspired me to become a policewoman.
I mean yes I had considered policing before because if you know me, I love having to deal with unexpected situations or disaster crises, such as the time when I ended up homeless in Hong Kong which was actually really fun. In short, I love to problem solve and policing is a lot of that.I’ve volunteered a lot in the past and policing is like volunteering, except you get paid. Also, policing involves helping others and the community, which is something that fulfils my innate desire to be part of a wider community and serve others.
What happened to my friend a few days before the Police Now Graduate Scheme deadline just confirmed that innate desire.
It brought out the Sherlock Holmes in me as well as an immense passion for helping others and restoring justice in the community.
For some people, this may not be a big deal but it was to me. Ironically, it was more of a big deal to me than my friend, who it happened to. He just gave up. As for me, it was an invitation to explore a world of possibilities, a new problem to solve, a new unknown to discover.
It got me excited.
I began my own mini investigation, racking my brain, deconstructing the crime scene, drawing up possible suspects, analysing the situation over and over again.
I posted on a local Birmingham community page, asking for more information, posting the time and whereabouts of the crime that happened to my friend.
I sat patiently behind my laptop, hoping and anticipating for a new lead. My friend had already given up and told me that it would all be in vain – he was wrong.
Whether I’m an optimistic person or someone who had too much time on their hands, the perseverance paid off.
Wait Jess so what actually happened? My friend’s motorbike got stolen but it became much more than that.
Someone anonymously gave a tip to the page, including the suspects’ address. The page forwarded me all of this information.
The anonymous tipper said they had seen a similar motorbike to my friend’s (that I posted on the page). It was around 4 miles from where my friend kept his bike, so not too far.
Getting more excited by the minute, I vigorously searched the address, to find some news articles on a violent gang living around that area. No wonder why the woman remained anonymous.
I tried again to find specific names of the people that lived there but to no avail. If only I had the resources and was a policewoman I thought to myself.
Soon after, the Police emailed me, expressing their thanks in raising awareness on the stolen bike, which led to the anonymous person coming forward. They advised us to not visit the address personally but to wait for the police to detain it.
Our luck ran out though because the bike was nowhere to be seen. Just as my friend was inspecting the garage door of the suspect’s house, a man in the house next door caught him, shouting from the window ‘oi what you doing, I’m calling the Police’. That was the cue to leave.
So we let the Police do their job.
The end result wasn’t what I expected but it definitely made me feel like I helped in some way or another.
A few days later I got an update from the Police officer. He explained to me that when the Police arrived at the suspect’s house, they successfully detained a bike. I was so happy, I had done my job! But then the Police officer elaborated that it wasn’t my friend’s bike but someone else’s that looked very similar to my friend’s. ‘Oh’ I thought.
He thanked me and that was the last time I spoke to him. David I think his name was.
Me and David parted ways but I decided to get in contact with other police officers, via the Police Now Graduate Scheme.
If this was something I was capable of doing as a mere citizen, imagine the impact I could have working in a team of police officers for the whole community? That thought encouraged me to apply to the Police Now Graduate Scheme. I was going to be a Policewoman! Or at least try.
Surprisingly, I made it to the Assessment Centre but before that I was to attend a coaching session in London.
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